As kids, we would usually just play with anything that looked like a toy and never question it. All the while, our parents were sitting there wondering what we were thinking. But now that we’re older and our brains are (hopefully) a little more developed, some of these childhood toys actually make no sense or are just downright weird….
Can someone please explain what the point of these things was? As a child I would just stick them on the window, and then they would get lost or rip in half or (worse) get a whole bunch of dirt stuck to them. But what was the actual point??
If you didn’t have a Furby back in the day then who even were you? These guys were cute but also really odd. I remember mine would randomly start singing even when I wasn’t playing with it and there were rumors about them secretly recording things. That sounds like some sort of NSA conspiracy right there.
This game is an example of a toy that none of us really knew how to play properly but we’d still have fun with it nonetheless. It was nearly impossible to set up correctly because you’d always lose the little parts. But then you’d just end up building some weird little contraption that had nothing to do with the actual game so it all worked out.
This game was one of those things that tended to make childhood-me want to rage-quit and throw heavy objects across the room. It was impossible to get all of those little rings on the stakes, and then with the tiniest wrong move they’d all come off and you’d have to start over. The above photo is a complete lie.
Back in the day, Easy-Bake Ovens were kind of cool because you could feel like a grown-up by “baking” your very own “food.” As I’ve gotten older, I realized that the “food” in those little packets is probably just a lot of terrible dyes and chemicals or something. Oh, and it probably didn’t taste as good as we all thought at the time.
The ‘90s seemed to have some strange obsession with baby-related toys and paraphernalia. These were those “magical” baby bottles that contained milk that would “disappear” when turned upside down. I’m sure there must be a logical explanation to it, but for now it’s still some sort of sorcery.
And what was it with the ‘90s and the obsession with gross squishy things? Silly Putty would just get stuck everywhere and, like those sticky hands, would just get dirt and crap stuck in them after a day or so. I’d like to know who thought up this idea and decided it would be a great thing to market to kids.
Remember those little bubbles you could blow and they wouldn’t pop? Not to mention they smelled of toxic fumes and were probably made out of 50 different kinds of chemicals. Stuff like this just goes to show that people were not very concerned with kids’ safety back in the ‘90s.
First of all, what are these things even called…? Second of all, these things were great for parents who wanted to teach their kids about the existential terror of never being able to make the little shapes go anywhere or amount to anything outside of their wire-y prison. Either way, you could always count on finding one at the doctor’s office to keep you preoccupied for a stupid amount of time.
These things were fun and cool for about five minutes, until they just started to hurt your wrist. I’d imagine these were the ‘90s version of today’s fidget spinners. Although they sound like a lawsuit waiting to happen…
Rubik’s Cubes have been around for quite some time, but I think most of us probably went through a childhood phase with them. It’s another great tool that parents can use for distraction. And if you’re anything like me, then you still haven’t figured how to crack the damn things…
So now that we’ve established some of the weird things that we played with as kids in the '90s and early '00s era, you might be wondering what today’s kids will look back on in the same vein. I’m betting on fidget spinners. Other than that I’m too old and out of touch to know what else is cool these days.